In the Junior Division, students ages 5-12 with beginning or intermediate musical experience build their skills and gain confidence in encouraging and creative rehearsal environments and performances.
The Junior Division of the National Children’s Chorus consists of the Prelude Level, Minuet Level, and Concerto Level. During the current pandemic, students will participate in an exciting array of virtual performances and specialized online training. The Junior Division performs in two showcase concerts each year at National City Christian Church in Washington, DC. Explore below for additional details on each of these ensembles.
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Prelude Level

Ages 5-6, no experience needed
Members of the Prelude Level are introduced to the thrilling world of music in a fun and interactive class designed to open up the ear and explore the possibilities of musical expression through listening and moving. Basic vowel formation, proper posture and the beginnings of breathing technique are taught, while the foundation of the Kodály Method is set.
Leah Murthy
Associate Conductor

Member Information

The Chorus is in session from September through May, and does not have rehearsals during the summer months of June, July and August. During the current pandemic, students will participate in an exciting array of virtual performances and specialized online training (the Prelude Level in Washington, D.C. normally rehearses at National City Christian Church at Thomas Circle on Tuesday afternoons). Please read below for more detailed information about scheduling and tuition, which will also be covered thoroughly during the application process.
Prelude Level
  • Training Schedule
    Tuesday Afternoons
  • Location
    NCC Virtual Classroom
  • Curriculum
    Choral Training
    Music Theory & Sight-singing Class
    Workshops & Masterclasses
  • Performances
    Two virtual concerts per year (Winter and Spring)
  • Tuition
    Approximately $179 per month.
    Need-based scholarship awards are available to all qualifying families.

Minuet Level

Ages 7-8, no experience to some experience
Members of the Minuet Level are introduced to the formal structure of a choral ensemble—posture, rehearsal protocol, and choral tone. Musical terms are taught and used freely in an environment where students are encouraged to be curious, ask questions and seek answers. Vocal technique, vowel formation, breathing, diction and phrasing are emphasized in order to create a beautiful sound, while sight-singing intervals and rhythms will be practiced in Kodály training.
Leah Murthy
Associate Conductor

Member Information

The Chorus is in session from September through May, and does not have rehearsals during the summer months of June, July and August. During the current pandemic, students will participate in an exciting array of virtual performances and specialized online training (the Minuet Level in Washington, D.C. normally rehearses at National City Christian Church at Thomas Circle on Tuesday afternoons). Please read below for more detailed information about scheduling and tuition, which will also be covered thoroughly during the application process.
Minuet Level
  • Training Schedule
    Tuesday Afternoons
  • Location
    NCC Virtual Classroom
  • Curriculum
    Choral Training
    Music Theory & Sight-singing Class
    Workshops & Masterclasses
  • Performances
    Two virtual concerts per year (Winter and Spring)
  • Tuition
    Approximately $179 per month.
    Need-based scholarship awards are available to all qualifying families.

Concerto Level

Ages 8-11, some experience to much experience
Members of the Concerto Level represent the highest levels of skill and maturity within the Junior Division. Students are expected to possess advanced skills and knowledge in the areas of tone, vowel formation, diction, breathing technique, and musicianship. From here, students are taught high-level choral and vocal skills, including singing in 2-part harmony within the context of complex repertoire that will include texts in foreign languages. Advanced Kodály Method skills will be employed as part of the curriculum that preps children for promotion to the Senior Division ranks.
Dr. Ingrid Lestrud
Principal Associate Conductor
Charles Owens
Associate Conductor

Member Information

The Chorus is in session from September through May, and does not have rehearsals during the summer months of June, July and August. During the current pandemic, students will participate in an exciting array of virtual performances and specialized online training (the Concerto Level in Washington, D.C. normally rehearses at National City Christian Church at Thomas Circle on Tuesday afternoons). Please read below for more detailed information about scheduling and tuition, which will also be covered thoroughly during the application process.
Concerto Level
  • Training Schedule
    Tuesday afternoons & by appointment
  • Location
    NCC Virtual Classroom
  • Curriculum
    Choral Training
    Music Theory & Sight-singing Class
    Specialized Voice Instruction
    Workshops & Masterclasses
  • Performances
    Two virtual concerts per year (Winter and Spring)
  • Tuition
    Approximately $189 per month.
    Need-based scholarship awards are available to all qualifying families.